Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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VT QOTW

Bumps in the Road
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A drive down any street is sure to include a few potholes, but lately, the ride that is Minnesota Vikings football has been unbearably bumpy. Missing is the smothering defense, the efficient, if conservative offense, and the team that won five straight games to start the season.

Minnesota’s two-game losing streak was punctuated with the resignation of Norv Turner, who conceded play calling duties to Pat Shurmur on Wednesday morning. We’re not even at the halfway point of the year and the Vikings have already seen turnover at quarterback, running back, offensive line, and now, offensive coordinator.

There’s hope things will smooth over on the road ahead; the defense is still a top-3 unit and the switch to Shurmur could spell positive changes for what’s been a lackluster offense. I tend to take the more optimistic route when it comes to this team, but I wanted to see what the Vikings Territory writers had to say. Their answers, after the jump:

Is it time to hit the panic button on the Vikings, or is this two-game losing streak just a bump in the road?

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Minnesota Vikings

Hate is a strong word, but Vikings fans probably felt that (and more) about their team’s effort Monday Night, and the past two games for that matter. Mike Zimmer has a tall task ahead of him trying to get a lethargic 0-2 team since the bye back onto the 5-0 track they were on earlier in the season. We crack open a 10-pack of gripes, complaints, critiques, and randomness to try and aid the cause on today’s show.

Larisa Oleynik FTW Talking Points Include:
• Ultimately, This is on Mike Zimmer
• No Moves at the Trade Deadline
• Throw the Damn Towel on TJ Clemmings
• Go Gong Show on the Offensive Line
• The Vikings are Re-Signing Matt Kalil Next Year
• NORVVVVVVVVV
• Why Isn’t Treadwell Playing?
• Sam Bradford is Starting to Get Chris Everett
• Jayron Kearse Needs to be Off the Field
• The Vikings NEED Home Field for the Playoffs

All that and more “Zimmer Had a “Minor Medical Procedure” to Remove His Foot From Team’s Ass” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Vikings to Work Out OL Jake Long
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At some point, the injuries have to take their toll. The Minnesota Vikings continue to lose key starters, and yet, continue to win games. Mike Zimmer’s team is 5-0 and heads into the bye week as the NFL’s last remaining undefeated team.

They’ll have an extra week to get healthy, but that won’t stop the Vikings from preparing for the worst. As first reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Minnesota will host veteran tackle Jake Long for a workout in the coming days. Long last played for the Atlanta Falcons in 2015, appearing in just 11 snaps for the team.

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Wondering Why Laquon Treadwell Has Yet To See The Field

Laquon Treadwell
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Fans often talk about the Vikings bringing rookies along slowly like it is a habit, but something rang untrue about that to me…

 

ZIMMER’S FIRST ROUND HISTORY

Mike Zimmer was the defensive backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 1994 to 1999. During that time, his team never drafted a cornerback or safety earlier than the third round.

Zimmer was then promoted to defensive coordinator through the 2006 season. In back-to-back seasons (2002 and 2003), the Cowboys selected first round defensive backs Roy Williams (8th overall) and Terence Newman (5th overall).

Williams not only played in every game of rookie season, but he started every game of the first five seasons of his career. He got some votes for defensive rookie of the year and then played in five consecutive Pro Bowls from 2003 to 2007.

Williams’ career then took a three-year dive, starting with the introduction of the horse collar rule following his own aggressive tackle It also included a reunion with Zimmer in Cincinnati before Williams was out of the league following the 2010 season.

Similarly, Newman started in every game for the Cowboys through his first four years in the league. Newman has played in two Pro Bowls and is now one of the league’s oldest players as he plays in his 14th season with the Minnesota Vikings (still making interceptions, by the way).

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Bradford MVP
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You’ve surely heard by now. On Wednesday, Peter King named Sam Bradford his MVP through the first quarter of the season. This elicited a wide range of responses, many of which amounted to boundless outrage —just look at the replies to this tweet for a sample. The idea was strongly opposed. And those in in opposition generally did one of the following: they offered a different candidate they found more worthy—Matt Ryan and Russell Wilson were named the most, and both are understandable choices—or, more frequently, they said something to the effect of “the Vikings defense is so good! How could Bradford be the MVP?!?!?!”

For his part, I thought King’s explanation made a lot of sense:

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